We had asked you to pray about medical evaluations. We have received the results: Logan has been diagnosed with autism, like his brother Joel.
At the advice of doctors in Argentina and in the U.S., our Pastor, and our Mission Director, we will be traveling to the U.S. at the end of this year for a temporary medical furlough so that Joel and Logan can get the autism therapy that they need at this time. Our return date will hinge on how well they respond to therapy and how well Jennifer can be equipped to care for their special needs on the field.
We are researching the right city for us to get the best autism services so that we can enroll the boys in school and therapy starting in January 2017. Jennifer will stay with the children to manage their school and therapy.
Though we will not be living on the field for this temporary medical furlough, the ministry of training national leaders will go on. I will be in constant contact with the leaders of the Bible College and will make trips to Argentina throughout the year. After getting the family settled and returning from my trip to Argentina, I will be available for meetings beginning in March. If you would like to have me come and report on the wonderful things God has allowed us to be involved in this term and the great opportunities for the future please email or call me (270.776.9111).
We are no strangers to difficult situations. Though these are not the events that we had planned, we are confident that God has a plan and will use all of this for his glory. We choose to look at the bright side. Following and serving Christ is the most exciting and fulfilling life one could ever ask for!
Joshua and Jennifer Smith are in Buenos Aires, Argentina to plant churches, train national leaders, continue teaching in the Bible College and expand the Radio Ministry.